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Hilarious, Clever, Superb.,
This review is from: In Bruges [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A pretty self-explanatory title sets the premise here, well almost. Two hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are hiding out in Bruges after a hit that went horribly wrong and has terrible ramifications for one of these men. Following orders from a mysterious mob boss by the name of Harry, portrayed brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes the two hit men must make do in the city described as "something out of a fairytale" or as Ray summed it up "maybe that's what hell really is, to spend eternity in Bruges". It would be cruel of me to divulge too much of the plot so all Ill say is that this movie is easily the smartest, and hilarious laugh out loud comedies/dramas I can remember seeing. How the director manages to take a story about two men struggling to deal with the emotional baggage and the quite simply the guilt that comes with their profession, and combine it with totally appropriate moments of sheer comic genius mixed with nearly absurd passages, for instance the dwarf scene, enough said is quite an achievement. As is the way you begin too feel great sympathy for a group of not so ruthless killers who go to extraordinary lengths to simply stick by their principals. As one would expect the characters are a colourful bunch, Farrell getting up to or at least trying to get up to some mischievousness, or simply saying like it is, (American tourists beware). Then there's Ken trying to find some harmony in the surroundings and immerse himself in the culture and art of Bruges and in the process dragging a very reluctant Ray along with him. Then we have a string of interesting supporting characters, such as ChloŽ, Rays love interest, played by Clémence Poésy, (who was in "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire") and the Jimmy the dwarf (Jordan Prentice)
Drugs, Sex, attempted suicide, botched hits, karate chopping scenes, perceptive drug fuelled thoughts on life, and a very meaningful dare I say grown up story which provides endless laughs but plenty of thoughts after its all over. The amazing cinematography along with all the talk about Bruges (whether or not the city is portrayed accurately or not is a matter of opinion) really makes the city itself become a character and a score that's not haunting but manages to convey the films darker tone perfectly. In Bruges is a brilliant mix of dark comedy and real human problems which manage to get the best out of a talented cast (easily the best performance I have seen from Colin Farrell). Needless to say a Film this brilliant will not end up being predictable or revert to formula, no it stays interesting and manages to surprise the viewer right up until the films griping conclusion. A fascinating character study filled with meaning and hilarity all the way, this is easily one of the best films so far this year. See it.
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2008 07:07:31 BDT
Dr. I. Garnett says:
I waited and waited for our cinema to show this film- and then they didn't show it.
Now waiting and waiting for the DVD.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2008 19:41:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jun 2008 19:45:26 BDT
Trust me this will be worth the wait, you will not see many better films this year even though I doubt there will be a commentary track or many features available as the release was limited.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2009 23:12:27 GMT
Hugo Rune says:
The DVD extras are fantastic!
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2009 00:25:48 GMT
Glad to hear it, and that the film has received some deserved recognition, the Oscar nomination for original screenplay in particular given that this was out in some countries as early as December 2007 is a remarkable testament to the film's lasting impression. It'll be nice not to have to refer to "In Bruges" as another great "underrated film"
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2011 14:00:18 BDT
Brendan Ray Cyrus says:
This silly movie tries to be clever like 'Grosse Point Blank' but it fails miserably.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2011 18:18:22 GMT
Reverend Mike says:
Don't expect too much. I found the film to be a total bore and I have just sold it via the Amazon Marketplace.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2011 18:21:22 GMT
Reverend Mike says:
I agree totally. I was taken in by the hype and wasted my money on the DVD that I have now sold for 82p on Amazon. I felt a little guilty passing this on to someone else but maybe they will be one of the many who love it?
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 18:53:21 GMT
Tabula Rasa says:
Hey Billy Ray
Do you have nothing better to do than express your hatred of this film in all those comments scaattered among everyone's reviews? Get a life (and a sense of humour - the film is one of the funniest ever made).
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